1869 – 1939
Who was Ahmet Ağaoğlu?
Ahmed Agaoglu was born to a Shia Muslim family in the town of Shusha, Azerbaijan, then controlled by the Russian Empire. His father Mirza Hassan was a wealthy cotton farm owner of Qurteli tribe, and his mother, Taze Khanum, was of the semi-nomadic Sariji Ali tribe.
In 1888, he arrived in Paris and came under the influence of French Orientalists like Ernest Renan and Professor James Darmesteter on Persiano-centricism. He was a well-educated person of his time, who had graduated from the Universities in Saint Petersburg and the Sorbonne University in Paris. He was also a famous journalist, who spoke fluently in five languages and therefore, wrote articles on current affairs for many popular newspapers in the country and abroad.
He returned to the Caucasus in 1894 teaching French, to then leave for Baku to contribute in the formation of a national identity. He wrote monographs in various subjects. It was during that period that he took a different position than the French Orientalists he was influenced from and began embracing Turkish identity.
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- Dec 1, 1869
- Also known as
- Ahmet Bey Ağayev
- Sitare Ağayev
( - 1933)
- Sitare Ağayev
- Russian Empire
- University of Paris
- Saint Petersburg State University
- May 19, 1939
on July 23, 2013
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